Observations

March 2008 night sky guide and podcast

To help you learn about the southern night sky, Sydney Observatory provides a night sky star map or chart for each month of the year. We also provide an audio guide of the month’s night sky, presented by one of Sydney Observatory astronomy experts. You can listen online, or download the audio onto your ipod or mp3 player. Links to the audio and the star map are below.

Geoff Wyatt, the Manager of Sydney Observatory, takes us on a tour of the March night sky, telling us where we can see particular stars, constellations and planets this month (Venus is especially bright). Topics range between Koori astronomy, Ptolemy, Greek mythology, how the dates for Easter are determined and what makes a star bright. Geoff also will invite you to consider whether the constellation of Corvus (the crow) looks more like a bird or a shopping trolley. Geoff’s vivid and humourous descriptions provide an entertaining guide across the night sky.

The free monthly night sky map shows the stars, constellations and planets visible in the night sky from anywhere in Australia. Each month’s chart is placed online at the end of the previous month. For much more information and detail in star charts for months from December 2007 until December 2008 inclusive, plus information about the Sun and twilight and the Moon and tides, and a host of other fascinating astronomical information, we recommend you purchase (only $16.95 and available now) the 2008 Australian sky guide by Sydney Observatory’s Dr Nick Lomb. Available online and at Sydney Observatory and Powerhouse Museum shops.

The free monthly star maps are provided as PDF or portable document format files. To view PDF star charts you will need to download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader if it’s not on your computer already.

March 2008 night sky map

Read the transcript.

4 responses to “March 2008 night sky guide and podcast

  • Hi there Monica
    I’m sorry but we’re just a bit delayed with the transcript this month – this one was longer than usual and there is quite a bit of checking to make sure it’s right. However it should be up soon. I hope you’ll agree it was worth the wait – but I hope not to keep you waiting again.
    We are delighted that you find our monthly sky guides interesting, and that you look forward to them each month.
    Regards
    Irma

  • I am a keen observer of the night sky and wait eagerly at the beginning of each month for your sky guide, podcast and transcript. They are very informative and help greatly to familiarize people with the night sky.

    Is there a link for the transcript for March 2008?

    Monica
    Perth WA

  • Hi I’ve just been taking photos of bright light over adelaide sky s/easterly (I think) the photos are really bizzare (look like a colourful worm – for want of better description) with long tail – amazing DNA looking. can upload for you to look at as just came inside…

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